Onaway & Millersburg UMC
Sunday, July 21, 2019
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
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Pastor's Letter

Beloved Onaway/ Millersburg UMC families,

I'm back!!! For the past couple of weeks, I have been out for the annual conference and my vacation. I want to say thank you for your prayers for my travels. With your prayers, we had great time.

During the vacation, I finally visited some places that I wanted to visit since I moved to Northern Michigan, like Mackinaw Island and the Upper Peninsula including the Pictured Rocks. Oh... my "How Great Thou Art"!!! They have really beautiful and magnificent natural sceneries. As always, nature shows us God's marvelous works and mysterious power, so we can have a refreshing and spiritual time with God's almighty art. Additionally, thinking of the fact that God loves me... how great and amazing that love! God is so Good!! Also, we visited Noah's Ark (Ark Encounter) and the Museum of Creation in Kentucky, they were really great places as well. When I visited there, I thought of you all a lot because there was a lot of interesting and inspired Biblical information that I want to share and discuss together. I had great time in God's grace.

Now, I am back and in my office, and I am hearing the kids talking and laughing. VBS is happening in the church. While preparing and participating in this VBS, I feel like I am learning together with our kids and from them too. When I see their faces in the opening and closing of the VBS, Jesus' saying comes to my heart; "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:2-4)" Their faces are filled with excitement and happiness and they dance with joy (they are really wonderful worship dancers).

They also reminded me of my childhood in the church. I still remember that joyful and excited feeling when going to church. To a little kid YooJin, the church was a fun, comfortable, exciting, and joyful place. When I got new clothes, I always saved them for wearing to Sunday worship service first. When preparing to go to church on Saturday night, I always excitedly picked my favorite clothes and prepared a bag for the church. So, I've checked my heart toward the church nowadays. Of course, I still really love the church and I am excited and happy worshiping with you. However, compared to the heart I had when I was young, I think I was more purely excited and deeply joyful then than now. I was really happy in the church just because. I really hope I can be always "Child-like" in front of God; feeling joyful just being with God, just because I can feel God's love toward me. And, this is my hope for all of you. I hope you all also remember your child-like hearts in front of God so that your lives are filled with dance and laughter. I hope we can cultivate pure, loving hearts that want to know and get closer to God more and more.  

In July, there is a big national holiday. Yes, the Fourth of July! I hope we take time to give thanks to God for our independence and freedom as a Nation and celebrate it together. Don't miss our awesome ice cream social that day! Happy 4th of July!!!

With JOY.
YooJin Kim


Pastor's Challenge:
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exult, and everything in it. Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy (Psalm 96:11-12)